LoHud: Sen. Terrence Murphy ‘unfair’ in campaign statement: committee

A committee that hears complaints over fairness in political campaigns said one of its recent rulings was mischaracterized.

The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee found it “unfair” that New York State Sen. Terrence Murphy issued a press statement that said the committee found his opponent “lied” about Murphy’s role in nominating Donald Trump.

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HVNN: Harckham picks up new endorsements

A new group of three political organizations active across Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties have announced their support for Pete Harckham, Democratic candidate in the New York State Senate District 40 race against incumbent Republican Terrence Murphy.

The Women’s Equality Party has announced its backing of Harckham.

In addition, two additional organizations have announced their support of Harckham. The progressive grassroots group Up2Us has given Harckham its co-endorsement.  Also, the New Castle Democratic Committee has voted to co-endorse Harckham as part of their efforts.

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LoHud Op-ed: State must force Con Ed, NYSEG to make lasting change

Shattered poles, downed wires, blocked streets, poor communication, lengthy power outages and frustrated customers waiting in parking lots for deliveries of dry ice and water were frequent occurrences last winter. For too many residents of northern Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, this has become the norm every time a storm hits.

As a former Westchester County legislator, I worked on many storm recovery efforts such as Sandy, Irene and the Halloween nor’easter. As part of the governor’s administration, I did similar work in the aftermath of several blizzards. Drawing on my experience, I am bewildered by NYSEG and Con Ed’s refusal to learn the lessons of each storm, and I’m outraged by their refusal to modernize their grids and implement procedures for quicker recovery.

After every storm these utilities roll out the same stale response about the number of poles replaced, substations damaged, and the need to rebuild entire systems. When the damaged infrastructure is finally rebuilt, they install the same antiquated, non-resilient system that was just destroyed.

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Patch: Harckham Denounces Murphy’s Voter ID Law

“Voter ID is a solution in search of a problem,” Harckham says. “Voter impersonation is vanishingly rare and every study that has examined the issue has borne this out. The only thing voter ID laws accomplish are to disenfranchise poor and historically oppressed communities. Sen. Murphy’s S298 bill will not deter fraud. It can lead to the kind voter suppression we left behind in the Jim Crow era. This is clearly not in keeping with Hudson Valley values.”

“We need to enable voters, rather than create barriers to voting access,” continued Harckham. “There is currently no early voting or automatic voter registration in New York State because of obstructionist efforts in the Republican-controlled State Senate. We need progressive policies that would strengthen the state’s electoral system and make it easier for voters to participate in elections.”

According to Harckham, calls for voter ID regulations can be traced back to Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud. Once the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity found no evidence to support this claim, Trump shut the commission down. In other states, photo ID voting laws have been challenged or struck down in court and even Republican Rep. John Faso, whose congressional district 19 overlaps with part of NY SD 40, has said he has “not seen any evidence that New York needs a voter identification law.”

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